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Half the size of NY’s Central Park, El Retiro is an oasis at the very heart of the bustling city of Madrid. Imagine walking through a park that hides the only statue in the world devoted to the “fallen angel” or a crystal palace from the 19th century that used to showcase exotic plants from the Philippines. Nowadays the old greenhouse is an art hall and the perfect spot for kids to feed ducks, fishes, and turtles.
El Retiro was conceived to delight royals and courtesans alike, that is why it boasts a grand lake where they used to play fake navy battles. Nowadays it reflects the magnificent monument of king Alfonso the 12th on horseback and giant mermaids playing musical instruments. The park has a certain old-time elegance, blending statues of artists, poets and generals with quaint open-air cafes. Runners and families come here often to enjoy the clean air and the spontaneous shows of musicians and street artists.
But the true protagonist here is nature: from capriciously carved cypress trees to centenarian trees brought from the Americas, not to mention the delightful rose garden. So, put your most comfortable shoes on and let’s walk it all!
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